50-in-50 Fight Against Cancer50 Golf Courses in 50 States to Raise Money and Awareness for Prevention of Melanoma, Breast and Prostate Cancer.
PGA Golf Professional Craig Forney and his close friend and business partner, Atlanta entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bill Evans, have created a unique golf-related fundraising effort to raise awareness about breast cancer, prostate cancer and melanoma. The campaign is called the 50 in 50. This summer Forney and Evans are traveling the country, playing one public golf course in each state over the course of 50 days. At each stop they'll be raising money to donate to charities that are committed to the prevention and research of these three cancers. They'll also be bringing together individuals who are motivated to help in the same way, meeting with cancer survivors and visiting cancer treatment and research centers. 50-in-50’s goal is to raise one million dollars to fund research and prevention programs for melanoma, breast and prostate cancer.
"These are three of the most treatable forms of cancer and if detected early enough, patients can survive,” said Forney. “We don't need to wait for someone to die to create a foundation or a cause. Our mission is to prevent that from happening by being proactive and not waiting until it's too late.”
The 50 in 50 kicked off in Woodstock, Vermont on June 9th and will end 50 days later on July 22nd in Hawaii. A camera crew and production team are following them and documenting the adventure. Weekly webcasts, a book and a documentary are all in the plans as Craig and Bill head out to a golf course near you this summer for a great cause.
“You know, I've been a Titleist loyalist ever since I started out as a golf professional in Bradenton, Florida,” Forney said. “And we're very grateful for the help that Titleist has given us, spreading the message that the key to combatting these diseases is early detection.”
Forney made note of a additional Titleist connection that he and Evans made on Day 19 of the journey, when they visited the University of Michigan Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, MI. They spent some time talking with David Horstman, PGA Golf Professional at Eagle Crest Golf Club in Ypsilanti, MI. David is a Titleist Staff Member who is currently battling prostate cancer. “Please check out the Day 19 video on YouTube,” Forney urged. “You can’t help but get pumped up listening to David’s story. What a remarkable outlook he has.”
“Dave is one of the most positive people we have ever met,” added Evans. “His attitude is something we all can aspire to in our daily lives.”
50-in-50 is making amazing progress, but still needs a lot of help in order to reach their $1 million goal. To get more information about 50-in-50 or to find out when they will be playing in your area visit them on the web at http://www.the50in50.com.
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